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Recently my husband wanted to show me something he’d found awhile back on the Internet. He became frustrated as he hopped from one Internet browser to another. First Safari, then Firefox, and then Chrome. Not able to find the “bookmark” he was looking for, he wondered where on earth he’d saved the link. Was it on his Macbook Air? His iMac desktop computer? On his phone? Or perhaps, it was on his computer at work?

Does this scenario sound familiar? You see something on the web that you want to bookmark, and later, you can’t remember where you saved it. In these modern times, it’s especially crazy because many of us are using more than one computer device to access the web. Doesn’t it seem like there should be a logical solution to this common problem? I’m happy to announce there is.

Meet Raindrop.io a better bookmarking tool. Raindrop.io is a great way to keep track of all the things on the Internet that you want to return to another day. This clever website allows you bookmark websites, pictures, articles, and videos, all in one convenient place.  A place that you can easily get to from any Internet browser on any computer device – computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

To get started with using Raindrop.io all you need to do is sign up for a free account. There is nothing to install. Just access their website, enter your email address, choose a password, and start bookmarking.  Best of all, if you want to organize your bookmarks, you can create folders to store all of your links. What’s especially fun is you can make your folders distinct by assigning custom icons.

So here’s a great example of using one folder to group several URLS. Say you are planning a trip to Spain. As you browse the web doing research, you might want to save some of the information you find. You might have links to Google Map searches, Trip Adviser reviews, restaurants you’d like to visit, and maybe even some videos. Now wouldn’t it be great to have them all together in one folder? Even better, what if you are going on that trip with a friend, wouldn’t it be great to share that folder with them, so you can both view the links and add more. Raindrop.io lets you do all that!

 

What is especially nice about Raindrop.io is that in addition to saving your links, it automatically creates a description, and most often even a photo. I find this much more helpful than just some vague URL. Since this data is automatically created with every link, you have the added benefit of being able to perform “smart searches” to find anything in your collection. You will find that this comes in handy when you forget where you saved something, or if you have a lot of unsorted links.

For anyone that already has a bunch of bookmarks set up in one or more of their Internet browsers, you might be hesitant to make the switch to Raindrop.io.  Have no fear, it’s easy to make the move to Raindrop.io because of their slick bookmark import feature. And, if you ever change your mind and want to use a different bookmarking system, you can easily export your bookmarks out of Raindrop.io.

Once I showed my husband Raindrop.io he was very excited and got to work importing all 7000 of his bookmarks. Yes, that’s right, he had 7000 unsorted bookmarks. Oh my! Now that they are all in Raindrop.io, it’s a breeze for him to search for any bookmark he wants to find. He was finally able to show me the bookmark he wanted show me the day before.  And, if he wants to take the time now to sort them into categories, it’s easy as pie. Bookmarks can easily be sorted into folders by using drag and drop.

Raindrop.io is really an awesome business tool I hope you will check out. Personally, I love it and have been using it for quite a while. A free program you can use on all Internet browsers – across multiple digital devices – is a great way to stay organized while surfing the web.

P.S. While this program is totally free, you will notice that there is an option to upgrade to their premium service. For less than $3 a month, you can gain access to such features as: nested folders, duplicate link search, a broken link finder, and more. Personally, I have not felt the need to use anything other than their free program.

By Gillian Whitney

Communications Consultant

Launch4Life

gillian@launch4life.com